Marquez claims brilliant Aust MotoGP win

Lynette Rowe
October 23, 2017

Marquez was locked in an eight-bike battle for first place at one stage, with the Repsol Honda rider using all his guile to forge ahead and stay in front of a chasing pack.

Reigning Champion Marquez now leads by 33 points with only two rounds to go, which means that Andrea Dovizioso will have to pull off two podiums at the very least to even be a threat to the MM93s fourth premier class crown.

"I could see that this was going to be tough, it was a big group and I started to realise in the middle of the race that I needed to attack or they will overtake me". Marquez crashed out of last year's race while leading and already crowned world champion. With a bad feeling I did three mistakes at my fastest lap.

Plummeting to 20th, the Italian could only get as high as 11th after nine laps, and soon ran into grip issues with his medium rear tyre as his Ducati struggled to turn through Phillip Island's numerous long corners.

"I knew before the race that this was an important day".

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"Anyway, it was hard to win but I'm so happy and it's important for me because I come from a hard period after a broken leg and it is also important for Yamaha and all our group".

It was one of the most aggressive and hard-fought scraps of the season with continual passes as the lead chopped and changed in a nerve-tingling five-way jostle.

"Phillip Island has a odd characteristic - you have to be so confident and make a lot of speed in the fast corners".

Phillip Island runner-up Valentino Rossi says the fairing-bashing on show in Australia is now "the game" in MotoGP. Shame to get so close to (Andrea) Iannone and miss a best MotoGP qualifying by two-hundredths, but maybe that was a sign that I'm getting better, that it went well and I still wanted more ...

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